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"Recall Alerts"

06-09-2003

Published by:
Peter A. Lynch, Esq.
of Cozen O'Connor
palynch@cozen.com
http://www.cozen.com

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:      This weekly newsletter covers:

  1. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Weather Works, Inc. Announces Recall of Electric Heaters
  2. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Publishes Recall of 2001, 2002, 2003 Mazda Miata; 2002 - 2003 Mazda MPV; and 2003 Mazda MAZDA6
  3. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Trisonic/Eastern America Trio Products Announces Recall of Nightlights


(1) CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION (CPSC) AND WEATHER WORKS, INC. ANNOUNCES RECALL OF ELECTRIC HEATERS

Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Weather Works, Inc. of Miami, Florida announces the recall of Ventilaire Electric Heaters.

Hazard: The electric heater can overheat internal plastic components and damage the wiring, posing a fire and electrocution hazard to consumers.

Description: The portable electric heater is beige, constructed of a plastic housing, and has the "Weather Works" logo printed on the front side of the fan. On the base of the unit is a sticker reading, "Model No. CH-601, AC 120V - 60Hz, 1500 Watts, Made in China, 4H39."

Remedy: Consumers should return the unit to the firm for a full refund plus cost of postage. The heater should be mailed to: 2340 NW 102nd Place, Miami, FL 33172.

Consumer Contact: Weather Works at (888) 269-9247 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time Monday through Friday.

Media Contact: Antonio Johnson, (305) 591-2250

The CPSC release number is 03-140. The notice issued by the CPSC can be viewed at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml03/03140.html


(2) NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION (NHTSA) PUBLISHES RECALL OF 2001, 2002, 2003 MAZDA MIATA; 2002 - 2003 MAZDA MPV; AND 2003 MAZDA MAZDA6

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recalls 2001, 2002, 2003 Mazda Miata; 2002 - 2003 Mazda MPV; and 2003 Mazda MAZDA6

Hazard: Exterior Lighting:Fog Lights. The socket holder in the fog lights is installed in the lamp casing using pressure. During operation of the fog light, the heat from the bulb can expand the socket holder. The expansion can force the socket holder rearward. After repeatedly being subject to this expansion, if the fog light is also subjected to vibration during vehicle operation, the socket holder with the bulb holder and the wiring harness may separate from the fog light casing.

Should this occur, the bulb socket and the harness can drop inside the bumper and in the worst case, the heat generated can cause the bumper to burn.

Dealers will install a spring to prevent the socket holder from coming off the lamp case. Owner notification is expected to begin during June 2003. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Mazda at 1-800-222-5500.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Campaign Number is 03V206000. The notice can be viewed at http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/cars/problems/recalls/recallsearch.cfm


(3) CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION (CPSC) AND TRISONIC/EASTERN AMERICA TRIO PRODUCTS ANNOUNCES RECALL OF NIGHTLIGHTS

Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Trisonic/Eastern America Trio Products of Flushing, New York announces recall of nightlights.

Hazard: The nightlight poses a serious electrocution, electric shock, burn and fire hazard to consumers.

Description: The recalled nightlights have a yellow exterior shaped like a smiley face. A label on the back of the nightlight reads, "Trisonic, 4W/120Vcustom made in China for Trisonic, Queens, NY, TS-45431"

Remedy: Consumers should mail the night light to Trisonic/Eastern America Trio Products, 11-11 131st Street, P.O. Box 527018, Flushing, NY 11352, for a full refund plus the cost of postage.

Consumer Contact: Call Trisonic at (800) 434-8155 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time Monday through Friday.

Media Contact: Michael Harap, (718) 886-8990

The CPSC release number is 03-141. The notice issued by the CPSC can be viewed at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml03/03141.html

DISCLAIMER: This column is not intended to create an attorney-client relationship. The information contained in this update is general in nature. Individual situations of readers may not fit the general educational information described in the column. Readers are strongly encouraged to consult with an attorney to evaluate individual situations and provide legal advice. Any reliance on the information contained herein is taken at the reader's own risk and should not be considered legal advice.

Mr. Lynch can be reached at Cozen and O'Connor, 501 West Broadway, Suite 1610, San Diego, California 92101, 800-782-3366 (voice), 619-234-7831 (fax), palynch@cozen.com (e-mail), http://www.cozen.com. Follow us on Twitter at @firesandrain.

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